Hey Joy – the commercial fleets were shut down this season and there were three days at the Tyee Test Fishery in a mid August weekend “0” Steelhead to tally. Last year 2020, some commercial fleets were active in some zones but the steelhead numbers were just as bad. Where is the justification ? Get rid of the gill nets and start thinking of the future instead of what it was like on the water 10 -20 – 30 years ago. Those days are gone!
[…] ‘Soon, there will be no more fish left’ / Skeena StrongDramatic B.C. Interior steelhead declines could be a warning for Skeena salmon. “You’ve got an entire run depending on the spawning success of just a few individuals,” University of B.C. quantitative biologist Eric Taylor told the Vancouver Sun. […]
The BC Wildlife Federation Freedom of Information request shows that DFO has supressed scientific studies which show that Interior Fraser River (IFR) Steelhead will undoubtedly be extripated unless the Gulf of Georgia pinniped population is reduced by half. Commercial fishing was never the driver for the decline as the total commercial impacts have been in the 7 percent range since 2000 and have been 0 for the last 3 years as the fishery is closed for a month when steelhead are present. After the 30 day closure, when IFR steelhead have gone by, the fishery may open for 2 days, only.
Other salmon juveniles which go to sea as smolts (such as Fraser River chinook, coho and sockeye) are also driven down by the uncontrolled explosion of pinnipeds. It is too bad biologists such as Eric Taylor seem to be unaware of the many studies by the Province, DFO. UBC, Washington and Oregon which have all drawn the same conclusions.
The Skeena steelhead population, although seeing poor returns in 2021, have actually been doing very well overall. Some poor years are always to be expected. The Skeena steelhead community loves to blame gillnetters for any downturn in the runs, but as the commercial fleet has not caught more than 2% for many many years, that lie has not stood the test of time.
This makes me miss Kitimat so much! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the share!
No, not enough. Should be fined, that money goes into general infrastructure for the province and cn also has to reclaim the affected areas as best they can, example would be similar to how mines have reclamation of mine sites that are no longer operational. Same with gas stations, these companies that closed down should still have to pay for the reclamation of said land, not the taxpayer. We never made a profit off of this so why do we pay for it? The system is broken and needs fixing.
I appreciate the posting of my videos on this great site. I hope everyone who watches subscribes to my channel and enjoys some more of my local content.
Very interesting, thank you.
Good job Noah and Ezra!
Catherine, we passed your info onto Jaimie Davis.
Good point. And that is why we are drawing attention to this issue.
Exporting raw material and importing finished product is one definition of a third world country.
What Taryn said!
Just how long do you figure Skeena will remain strong at this shipping rate, if it takes 140-250 years to grow those trees on that boat, and we ship boat loads off every week, how long will BC stay strong shipping offshore?
Industry tells us they plant 2-3 trees for every one they ‘harvest’, is that deciduous trees too, is that 2-3 trees re-planted for all the trees they harvest then burn as mistakes, and overcuts in a slash pile, so do all those 2-3 trees actually survive? Or is industry boasting and optimistic?
Who is counting, who is monitoring, who is going back after 10-30 years to see if those trees are thriving?
Now we are down to 3rd growth, 35-year rotations on the coast, how many MORE trees ( saplings void of heartwood) will we have to cut down to fill those boats now, it’s a totally unsustainable industry, and we all know it, govt and cartels are in deep denial, all the way to the bank while ‘BC taxpayers keep subsidizing and paying the price of externalities in our crown forests, floods, dirty drinking water, lost tourism opportunities( where are the orca and salmon?), missing caribou… biodiversity loss… cultural cedars….Is Skeena strong …but for how long, better put those skills to training/use elsewhere, soon there may be no trees to move?
I see local jobs being exported Canada needs to be self reliant.
I would like to purchase one of the decorated hats. I have one from 1968 that I still wear, but it is showing its age.
Congratulations, voted for you and your beautiful creations.
Beautiful work. Good for you girl !
Keep up the great good work. Hope you win the award you deserve. Praying for success for you and your son. I am a former resident of Kitimat and a friend and frequent guest of the Tla’Amin Nation, and have shared many arts and crafts with them in a senior group. I admire your courage and talent.
Congratulations this would be so awesome for you to win you are a role model to many young people! Good luck
Well done. I vote for you!
Beautiful – thank you for your determination! your work is Gorgeous
If this was a plane the DOT would be all over it investigating why it crashed and making recommendations to prevent future similar issues. For commercial shipping often nothing happens, it’s just accepted that boats sink and people die. My condolences to the families and I agree the tug should be raised and the reason for it sinking examined.
I think you guys are moving in the right direction and I can’t wait to see the difference you guys make in the community!
Thank-you for the heads-up Brandi. We’ll call in and fact-check it tomorrow. Do you have a link to an official source?
The Nation was slated to recieve 480 vaccines in the initial roll out…not 60.
Hi my name is Jeremy Dumont. Very big Kirk McLean fan here 🙂 I just wanna commend Kirk for using his platform to bring awareness to such an overlooked subject. I do work with a Program called ANABIP, I work with children and families in care, First Nations based but not bound by that, I try to help where ever it’s needed. I’m from Smithers BC, I grew up in Vancouver from the year Kirk took us to the cup until 2010, when I decided to come home. I would love to one day have thee opportunity to work with Kirk and continue to make a difference in our communities. Once again thank you Kirk for 94 and more importantly the awareness you bring to the people. #1 fan for life
Dr. Bonnie Henry, you missed the mark on this one because you your lenses were clouded by your bias and pressure to keep LNG going. It is like waiting for someone to die, before making the decision. Be proactive instead of reactive. Or maybe that is just a continuation of the governments strategy to eliminate First Nations.
Good read. Awesome people like Ben make the Skeena a great place to call home.
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Great story Ben. Keep on spinning those wrenches.
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Hey there Barb! All the information we published on timing is from B.C. Government Public Safety and Emergency Prepareness. Here is the link: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/vaccines
PS. We hear from the grapevine that you are an awesome human being! Keep up the good fight.
Not sure how how you contact people but here,s my new email address…..from what I read here, I
will be top priority, bacause of my age, 86, I also have compromised lungs from sarcoidosis…
I’m interested to know where you’re getting this information since even doctors and nurses in the clinics don’t know when they will get vaccinated let alone their high risk patients.
As I understand, in cases of people immune compromised, the medical personnel- your doctor- needs to assess them to see if they are a candidate for vaccine or if it would potentially be a risk for them. In the other hand I feel you, as a caregiver, need to be bumped up the line. (Just my opinion)
as having a 16 year daughter who has a compromised immune system. I don’t understand where we fit. She has complex high needs, completely dependent on areas of living. But according to this chart it feels like we are left out again. Families not considered vulnerable in having children with disabilities in phase 2. You would think because of her challenges at least me and her dad would be eligible in phase 2. What happens to her if we aren’t available to take care of her?
That’s amazing. So glad I took the time to vote for Shames our favourite winter past time with grandkids.❤️
I would love a belt for my husband with his initials HM on it in size 32” brown.
Can you send cost and details please.
Would it be possible to have you make a black belt , with double buckle, or two pronged buckle?
Please let me know, my husband has been looking , and looking for one. He will be 70 on Feb. 7.
Would be great if I could surprise him.
Let me know will send the size.
Thank you, Carol Hadland
My hats off to Terrace nurses and doctors You are an awesome I was one of your patients But I stayed home didn’t go anywhere Think my daughter brought home to me as a care aide
I would like to get mine
It was asked by communities to shut these projects down to minimize traffic coming in and out when this panedemic first began for the reason of communities not having proper health care nearby… that fact was ignored they want the project finished. This fact was ignored now theres is a rise in cases in small communities coming from the camp sites … they neglected to consider health care facilities dont exist in small communities.. its a no-brainer why put them at risk? They were put at risk so tgese big corporations can still profit, why is it big corpations have more say than society? They will never include input or knowledge from small communities were in a colonized setting where they have always had a plan.
We are seriously thinking about purchasing some beef. Years ago we bought half a cow but it had a real funny taste in the fat that when cooked it went to the meat. Not sure if it was was grass or grain fed. Would like your feed back and maybe a price to butcher a half cow and have it wrapped. Thank you
Touches the heart, this highway is by my hometown. Sadly nothing was taken seriously until far too many were killed. A disgrace, a total disgrace….if it were quite women like myself they would have paid attention from day 1
A wonderfully written article and a great tribute to one of the pillars of food security in the Bulkley Valley. Now to use this model to create year round access to local fruits and vegetables!
Children need something to do even from home maybe contests for coming up holidays , arts , music . Karaokes. Talent show families online events . Be fun since cant be together for Christmas holidays
We love your videos! Keep up the great work. You are awesome!
I think everyone is taking precautions by wearing masks and good on Prince Rupert businesses for having hand sanitizer available ,it’s just the need to know!!..also it’s travelling that brings covid19 to PrinceRupert,my opinion is that people who travel out of Prince Rupert to effected areas, and return should self- isolate.How else are we going to stop the spread of covid19?
I don’t know and this Halloween was like this for ages and with this COVID 19 Second Wave very very scary and dangerous and that was why I’m wondering about and just put it bagges with enough candies then give it to them and to many people around not safe and always wash your hands and also need to always use mouth mask and take care and blessings/Amen
Thank you very much for picking up my video. I am so glad that you share my video!! I will keep posting paddling videos at Butze Rapids.
What group put this up?
Reminds me of the time that some German ‘sportsmen’ caught some fish from the Skeena. Not knowing or caring that this was a ‘fire ban’ season, they made a fire so that they could smoke their fish “Injun’ style. The resulting forest fire took out tens of thousands of acres of forest. While local firefighters from here were fighting the flames, the ‘brave hunters’ were on an airplane back to Germany.
What was the point of this video ? To me, it just looks dangerous. IMHO, making a video of this big fire was just dangerous. Leaving it still hot and smoking is ****ing dangerous !
I would do everything I could think of to find my dog if he went missing. Absolutely. I would camp out in a tent on a log landing waiting for him to come back. I hope Jimmy finds his way home soon. Good luck .
Wow… Identity politics in NWBC. Cullen’s been one of the best politicians we’ve had in the area for a very long time. He’s stood up for issues that matter to us on a national level over and over again. Now we’re getting this bull**** that she should get the position not because she’s the best person for the job, but because of who she represents.
There is an intermediate step. You have the right to enrol you child for distance learning. Not all schools do this but if it is not an option offered by you local school you have the right to enrol them in another district that does offer distance learning. Since it is distance learning it does not require any attendance at the school so you can enrol with any BC school board, independent school or with a first nations school, it does not matter where it is.
The advantage is that you child has the chance to follow the BC curriculum and get the same qualifications as any child attending in person. You get prepared lessons provided and the support of a qualified teacher usually with some ‘online’ classes. It also means that the child should be able to transfer back to in-person schooling at any time. For children living in remote areas they don’t waste time on a school bus!
The disadvantages are mainly the lack of social contact with other children, same as with home schooling so having other children of similar ages in their ‘bubble’ can be a big plus.
Distance learning still requires commitment from parents in a role similar to a classroom assistant but does give a good option for those who don’t want their children in school at this time but don’t feel up to acting as their only teacher.
I have nothing against home schooling and have known some very successful ‘home schoolers’ but it is not for everyone.
Brill, funny and also accurate info
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